Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Secondary Level – November 2019

Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Secondary Level – November 2019

Inner pranic practices and further Mindfulness training with Yin Yoga sequences

A 5-day 30-hour Yoga Alliance registered intensive.

This course is for Yin teachers who want to use the Yin yoga class as a doorway for developing the subtle body, Mindfulness practice and psychological inquiry.

We consider this a Secondary Level training. We require that you have completed (will complete) Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Primary Level with Sarah Powers (10 day).

This is a 30-hour Yoga Alliance training and attendance in the entire program is required. In order to be eligible to receive the Certificate of Completion for this course, you must attend all of the hours of the training, and complete the required assigned essay. Please plan your time and travel accordingly in order to not miss any of the sessions.

Course Description:
Yin yoga encourages holding floor poses for long periods to enhance the Chi or energy distribution through the fascia, organs, and bones. Restoring the flow of Chi within us has a direct impact on our psychological states, encouraging increased ease of being, a foundation for authentic meditation to occur. After we have established a clear understanding of how and why to practice Yin yoga, we can begin to look more closely at the pranic and mind training aspect available to us while in the poses, and as a separate seated practice.

In this course, we will NOT focus on how and why to practice Yin Yoga (assuming you already know these things), INSTEAD we will explore the inner methods; various breath patterns and retentions, visualizations for the health of the organs, contemplations in the poses, as well as the foundation methods of Buddhist Mindfulness.

Each session will include a lecture, yin yoga session, seated meditation practices focusing on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, as well as interactive discussion time. Included will be handouts and suggestions for reading.

Study and Reading
Acquiring an intellectual understanding of the rich diversity of Yoga and Buddhism inspires one’s dedication to the path of awakening; it also fosters a clear level of communication and discussion with others.

Students will be provided a reading list 2-3 months prior to the start of the training and are required to read the books assigned for this training before they arrive. Readings from these books are an integral part of the training so please order the materials upon receipt of the reading list so you have ample time to read them before the training begins.

Outside reading prior to and during the course will be required to enrich one’s overall understanding.

A training manual will be handed out on the first day of class.

To be eligible to receive the certificate, you will also be asked to write a 1-2 page paper on the themes offered in this training upon completion of the course for assessment.

Questions about this Retreat?
For course inquiries, please contact Tripti Mahendra at
If you have specific questions about Esalen, please contact them directly (

Insight Yoga Teacher Training Primary Level at Esalen in Big Sur - August 18-30, 2019
Location: Esalen in Big Sur, California
Dates: November 3-8, 2019

Check-in: November 3 after 3pm, dinner at 6pm, Esalen orientation at 7:30pm
Check-out: November 8 by 10am


Step 1: Please complete the information below.

Step 2: Please submit payment using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express only) below. We are not accepting payment via PayPal for this teaching.

  • The payment you are making is for the course tuition only, US $1,200.
  • This registration request is for a space within the training session itself. Accommodations can only be booked once the tuition is paid and you have received a confirmation email (more information below).
  • All requests will be handled in the order they are received.

Step 3: Upon successful completion of your payment, you will receive a receipt for your payment via email.

Step 4: You will receive an email from us within 48 hours confirming your space within this training.

  • If your space is confirmed for attendance, this email will also provide you with the specific information you will need to contact Esalen directly to reserve your accommodations for this training.
  • You will not be able to book your accommodations with Esalen until you have completed your course tuition payment through this page.
  • Your registration will NOT be complete until you have (a) made payment for your course tuition below AND (b) booked your accommodation through Esalen. 
  • These are the accommodation choices with Esalen:
    • Sleeping Bag $455 (limited availability)
    • Bunkbed $800 (limited availability)
    • Shared Standard $1,190
    • Premium Single $2,610
    • Point House Single $3,885
  • Please Note: Cancellation provisions for tuition payments as noted above. The cancellation provisions for Esalen’s accommodations will be different, so please read both carefully so you are aware of each before registration.


A message from Ty Powers:

I would like to provide some perspective about our policies. While you may feel that these terms are unnecessarily strict, they have evolved over our years of offering teachings around the world.

When we plan retreats/trainings, we must sign contracts with retreat centers and pay for a required number of attendees well in advance of your registration/payment in order to secure the kinds of venues you, our students, appreciate.

When we are asked to transfer or refund within a 12-week period in advance of a retreat or training, these requests are very difficult to consider. With transfer and refund requests, as mentioned above, the funds have already been committed to the specific venue.

Many of you have told us that you see that we have a waitlist in place and it should be no issue to fill your spot. In our experience, we have found that it is very rare that another student can respond within the 12-week window, even if they had asked to be on a waitlist. For those of you who have attended a retreat/training, organizing this amount of time away from your work and home life, as you know, is not easily accomplished and takes time and preparation.

Because of these circumstances, we ask that you read our provisions carefully, and confirm your acceptance before proceeding to registration. Please note that it is important that you review and understand the terms for each workshop/retreat/training that you register for as these vary based on the various venues where we teach.

If you are concerned about having to cancel your attendance, then please consider protecting your investment by purchasing trip cancellation insurance coverage.

We want you to know that we are sympathetic to your life circumstances, but we cannot make exceptions to these policies. Please know we are extremely grateful for your ongoing interest and support.



  • Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.


  • All cancellations must be made in writing to The Insight Yoga Institute.
  • In the event that you need to cancel, you must let us know 12 weeks in advance of the start of the retreat, by August 11th.
  • If you cancel up to 12 weeks before the retreat or teacher training, a 25% cancellation fee per person will be charged based on amount paid.
  • No refunds for cancellations within 12 weeks of this retreat, the period August 11th – November 3.
  • The Institute’s cancellation policy is firm.


  • Please note you will be booking your accommodations separately with Esalen and that the Esalen cancellation policies are different from ours.
  • Please ensure that you are aware of what their policies are and if you must cancel your place in this training, you will need to also cancel your accommodations with them separately.


  • No transfers between retreats, trainings, and/or workshops.
  • No transfers of registrations between attendees.


  • No refunds will be made for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat.
  • All refunds will be processed within 2 weeks following a program.


  • Sarah and/or Ty Powers and/or The Insight Yoga Institute cannot be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage of property, or disruption of any program due to circumstances beyond their control.
  • I am participating in Yoga Teacher Trainings, Intensives, Silent Retreats and/or Workshops offered by Sarah and/or Ty Powers and/or The Insight Yoga Institute during which I will receive information and instruction about yoga and health. I recognize that yoga requires physical exertion that may be strenuous and may cause physical injury, and I am fully aware of the risks and hazards involved.
  • I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician prior to and regarding my participation in the Yoga Teacher Trainings, Intensives, Silent Retreats and/or Workshops. I represent and warrant that I am physically fit and I have no medical condition that would prevent my full participation in the Yoga Teacher Trainings, Intensives, Silent Retreats and/or Workshops.
  • In consideration of being permitted to participate in Yoga Teacher Trainings, Intensives, Silent Retreats and/or Workshops, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known or unknown, which I might incur as a result of participating in the program.
  • In further consideration of being permitted to participate in Yoga Teacher Trainings, Intensives, Silent Retreats and/or Workshops, I knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive any claim I may have against Sarah and/or Ty Powers and/or The Insight Yoga Institute for injury or damages that I may sustain as a result of participating in the program.
  • I, my heirs or legal representatives forever release waive, discharge any covenant not to sue Sarah and/or Ty Powers and/or The Insight Yoga Institute for any injury or death caused by their negligence or other acts.
  • I agree to hold Sarah and/or Ty Powers and/or The Insight Yoga Institute harmless for any injury caused to me during the practice indicated above.

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